C1818

The Moralist.

Artist:

William McCleary

Rare Irish issued satirical etching copied from Charles William’s, published by S.W. Forres in 1817 (BM Satires 12945) Scene in a handsomely furnished dressing-room. A comely young woman, wearing a short, décolletée dress, stands full-face near her dressing-table on which … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Moralist.

Date:

C1818

Artist:

William McCleary

Condition:

In good condition. Laid onto blue backing paper.

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 330mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Moralist. - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

Rare Irish issued satirical etching copied from Charles William’s, published by S.W. Forres in 1817 (BM Satires 12945)

Scene in a handsomely furnished dressing-room. A comely young woman,
wearing a short, décolletée dress, stands full-face near her
dressing-table on which is a book: ‘Goldsmith Works’, kept open by
curling-tongs. Her arms are dropped, the fingers interlaced; she says,
adapting Goldsmith’s words: “Man wants that [altered to] but little here
below nor wants that little long! then turn tonight and freely
share—heigh ho!” On the floor, discarded, are other books, one being
‘Sturm’s Reflections’ (a devotional work for daily reading (many English
translations, 1788-1867) from ‘Unterhaltung mit Gott . . .’, 1768, by
C. C. Sturm). On an ornate sofa a cat rolls on its back.

“Man wants that  but little here below nor wants that little long.”

Artist:

William McCleary

McCleary began trading from premises located at 31 Lower Ormond Quay in 1791 and by 1798 his business had become sufficiently successful to allow him to move to a larger shop located on Nassau Street. The street, which overlooked College Green, was one of Dublin’s most fashionable shopping areas and home to several shops selling luxury goods such as jewellery, fine clothing and confectionary. 

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